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April 24, 2009 – Athletics

Bishop Games Set for Sunday
Selby Field to host inaugural event

This Sunday, close to 100 mentally and physically handicapped athletes will be at Ohio Wesleyan to compete in the Bishop Games.

The Games are a Special Olympics-type event hosted by the Ohio Wesleyan Athletic Council (OWAC). The athletes, ranging in age from children to young adults, will participate in a variety of track and field events.

Julie Duffy, OWAC’s advisor and the head women’s lacrosse coach, says the event was headed by OWAC members Scott Hassee ’10 and Sean Patrick ’11.

“It is completely run by OWAC, they did all the publicity for it, raising money and putting in the work to get it all organized,” Duffy said.

Duffy says the events include a football/softball throw, standing broad jump, long jump, high jump, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 4x100m relay, power chair race, and the Bishop Relay, which is a 4x100m relay with an Ohio Wesleyan athlete running the last leg of the event.

Duffy says there will be representatives from each OWU athletic team to hug and encourage participants as they cross the finish line.

As in the real Olympics, there will be an awards ceremony after each event. Each participant will receive a medal; the winner will receive a gold medal.

The Games will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday and will last until 5 p.m. They will be held at Selby Field. All proceeds from the event will go to a special needs organization.

– Michelle Rotuno-Johnson ’12